Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Woo-hoo!! All of my ranting in this blog seems to be paying off.

The White House announced today that Condoleezza Rice will indeed testify under oath in front of the 9/11 Commission.

And it's been at least a good week or two since I've heard anyone complain about Senator Kerry not revealing the names of foreign leaders who would prefer him in the Oval Office over George W. Bush.

Now, if only I can get them to stop trying to blame the out of control gas prices on Senator Kerry.

Or convince them to stop claiming that exporting American jobs is good for the American economy.


Friday, March 26, 2004

What is going on?

I ask myself that a lot when I look at the newspaper these days.

Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administration's National Security Advisor, has seemingly been in front of every reporter and television camera that she can find. Each time, she has criticized Richard Clarke, President Bush's former counter-terrorism czar, and his new book Against All Enemies.

But she refuses to testify under oath in front of the 9/11 Commission.

One has to ask, why is that she'll tell her story on a Sunday talk show but refuse raise her right hand and repeat it under oath?

Is she afraid of the questions that the commissioners will ask her?

Or is she simply worried about be prosecuted for perjury?

Either way, it doesn't paint a very good picture for her, the Bush Administration or our nation as a whole.

Everyone knows that there were mistakes made leading up to 9/11. That's a given.

Moreover, it's not entirely something that one can totally blame the Bush Administration for. Many of these public policy decisions were made during the Clinton Administration. No matter who was elected in 2000, 9/11 probably would have still happened.

Fixing these shortcomings, however, starts with knowing our faults and failings. If key officials within the Bush Administration refuse to testify under oath; to withhold key information then our entire nation's security is ultimately compromised.

The worst part in this mess is the fact that too many people in the news media are letting Dr. Rice slide by. As long as she appears on their talk show, they don't criticize her for not testifying under oath in front of the Commission.

They don't ask questions that are nearly as probing as what the Commission would ask.

Our nation doesn't get the insight that we need to fix what needs to be fixed.

And, in the end, the shortcomings that enabled 9/11 to happen in the first place will likely not be dealt with.

All of this makes me ask -- what in the world is going on here?

Saturday, March 20, 2004

I was cruising through the bookstores the other day and found a great book.

Definately worth a gander.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Okay, here's what I don't get.

Did President George W. Bush and his inner core of advisors learn absolutely nothing from the 1992 election? Or are they actively trying to lose?

On March 8th, Senator John Kerry made a comment at a fundraiser about how some un-named foreign leaders want him to win. The Republicans responded by challenging him name names, which Senator Kerry refused to do - citing a promise of confidentiality to those leaders.

In world run by intelligent people that would have been the end of it.

Instead, the White House has seemingly done everything in its power to keep this story alive.

Secretary of State Colin Powell was on the Sunday talk show circuit, again asking Senator Kerry to name names. Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at a fundraiser in Arizona, demanding that Kerry break his promise and name names. The President himself called on Senator Kerry to break his promise at a press conference with the prime minister from The Netherlands.

From a political standpoint, this is wonderful news to the Democrats. It reminds everyone that the Bush administration has made the United States very unpopular overseas (as if the umpteen demonstrations on our TV sets haven't already established it) and reinforces the notion that Senator Kerry can be counted on to keep his word (he promised confidentiality and he's keeping it - even when everyone is demanding that he not).

All of this reminds me of the Debate Chicken from 1992.

When President H.W. Bush didn't want to debate then Governor Bill Clinton, the Clinton campaign sent a guy in a chicken costume to some of the Bush-Quayle rallies. The Debate Chicken would have been a complete non-issue, a minor league diversion, if President Bush hadn't started talking to it.

Talking to the Debate Chicken gave the story a lot of life. It made people wonder why he'd debate a guy in a chicken suit when he wouldn't debate his Democratic rival.

In the end, the Bush campaign had to give in to growing public pressure and debate Bill Clinton on his terms.

The rest, as they say, is history. George H.W. Bush lost. Bill Clinton won.

And now the younger President Bush seems determined to repeat his father's mistakes on an even grander scale. No longer content with merely beating a dead horse at a campaign stop, he insists on doing in front of a network TV audience.

Unemployment is at a record high. Our coalition in Iraq is coming apart. American soldiers are coming home in body bags by the hundreds, often because the military won't put armor on their vehicles.

And the single thing that President Bush is concentrating on is lambasting Senator Kerry for not breaking a promise.

All of this makes me wonder - did the Republicans learn nothing from 1992? Or they actually trying to throw this election?

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Okay, so it turns out that Mars was once "drenched with water." It turns out that Mars may well have once support life.

We know this. There are thousands of articles and new reports that support it.

Of course, what none of these articles are mentioning is that even ancient, primitive Martians would have known that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

Personally, I'd love to have the Mars Rover called home. Maybe it can explore 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


I got my first royalty check from my publisher mail today!!!

It was a (very) small check, but it felt good to get that extra bit of recognition for my writing.

There was a moment where I felt like just framing the check instead of actually cashing it. But I decided against it. With all the repairs that I need to do to my car, I can't afford to turn down any amount of money.

So, instead, I'm framing the deposit slip.